No, the Celtics did not vault into the top three.
Yes, general manager Danny Ainge was disappointed.
No, the Celtics don't know what they're going to do with the No. 6 pick yet.
Yes, they do know it will involve setting the NBA draft on fire.
Landing at No. 6 opens the Celtics to a world of possibilities. They have picks, they have talent, they have the ability to assume lengthy contracts, and they have a Franklin costume for Rajon Rondo to dress up in on Halloween. They have it all.
By draft night, having it all could mean the Celtics stand pat, move up, move down or trade for a superstar. Take it away, Bulpett:
Having slipped one spot to sixth in the draft in last night’s NBA lottery, a move that coincided with the odds, the Celts will now dive headlong into the trade market in an attempt to see if they can accelerate their reconstruction project. They will look at all available targets, Love among them...
In that Ainge is open to all possibilities, among them will be seeing what a package that includes both first rounders would be worth, whether it can move the Celts higher or, through the picks alone or in combination with players under contract, attract a high caliber player that another team may be willing to move...like, oh, say, someone like Kevin Love.
Trading for Love sounds good. Drafting someone awesome at No. 6 sounds perfect. Moving up sounds spectacular as well. Selecting a future stud with the Brooklyn Nets' first-rounder and then engaging in some good ol' fashion tongue-wagging also sounds great.
Life in Boston is just peachy keen at the moment. Whatever the Celtics wish to do—accelerate their rebuild, delve deeper into their rebuild, etc.—they have the tools to do it.